U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpass total for 2020

The United States has passed another COVID-19 milestone: Deaths in 2021 have surpassed the total number of fatalities from the virus in 2020.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of late Sunday showed a total of 770,461 people have died of the coronavirus since February 2020, when that information began to be recorded. In 2020, there were an estimated 377,883 fatalities compared with about 392,578 in 2021 thus far.

About 59.1 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.

The CDC said Friday the seven-day average of daily new cases was 88,482, a 16.1% increase from the previous week. “The level of community transmission in the U.S. remains high and cases are increasing,” the agency said.

As cases have spiked in recent weeks, the Upper Midwest region has been hit particularly hard.

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